Two amazing vocal tracks we have been meaning to post up for a long time. This Roy Davis one esp. I have to agree with the discogs comments as the ‘Live Garage’ mix seems to be the one that has stood the test of time. A genre crossing house/garage/soul record with the smoky, effortless vocals of Peven Everett defining it. RDJs production is quite unusual in that the percussion is buried deep in the background while the sub bass takes the foreground. The 2 step rhythm made this a classic in the UK garage scene back in the day and actually managed to hit number 22 in the charts.
Step forward near 15 years and we have this beauty from Joe Goddard, defiantly one of the defining tracks of the summer for me. RA puts it perfectly “When vocalist Valentina belts out the word “Gabrieeeeel” at various points throughout, you can’t help but feel her despair. So strong is the vocal, in fact, that the whole track verges on all-out anthem, but cultured lyrics (“For he was stronger than I was but it’s strength you can’t sustain / Do not come to give me counsel you should beg forgiveness”) and mature, well-defined drums mean the thing stands up to repeat listening. Goddard’s most evolved solo work to date? Could well be.”